A Brief Expression of Fluish Thankfulness

Categories Family, Health, Life

I woke up this morning with an overwhelming thought: I need to write.

I often feel that way, so this isn’t something new or surprising. What was remarkable this time was that I haven’t sat to write or do anything else for about the last five days since our home got hit with the dreaded flu.

Yup, flu.

As far as I remember, the last time we had actual flu in this house and not simply colds with flu-like symptoms was when Zilla was an infant. That was the year of the horrible Swine Flu epidemic here. Anyone remember that? I do. She was so sick I honestly thought she wouldn’t make it through the night. I was never as scared as I was that night and have not been since. So let’s start with that – I’m grateful that Zilla made it through that awful night (and that whole experience) about eight years ago safely to be the light and joy of our lives that she is today.

Speaking of flu, I suppose I’m thankful that all three of us went down together. I know, weird. But in my mind, all of us sick at the same time means we potentially get it over and done with once rather than trying to avoid (unsuccessfully because come on, it’s flu) passing it from one to another in a never-ending cycle.

I’m even more thankful that we’re on the backside of it. The Hub was the first to be back in action and returned to work today. He has the immune system of steel and seems to be nearly back to full capacity. Zilla is next and seems to be just a bit behind her Dad. One more day of rest at home should do it. I, unfortunately, am trailing behind. Of course my RA complicates things so I’m not surprised, but I am getting a bit frustrated with the length of this. Still, I’m thankful we are all on the mend.

I am thankful for how much the Hub has been able to for all of us these last few days. Being the most upright and functional allowed him to keep all three of us well cared for. I am thankful for how completely pleasant and cooperative Zilla has been through the whole thing. She is a good and patient and compassionate soul and that has shone clearly these last few days. Being down and out when you’re a high-energy kid like she is can’t be easy. Honestly, we’ve all done a pretty good job of taking care of one another and, all things considered, done it with minimal stress or discord.

I am also so thankful to Lizzi for her brilliant idea of the TToT in the first place and for all the time and love she has put into it. I am thankful that she is willing and able to pass the torch to someone else to carry for a while. I’m thankful to Josie for willingly taking up the torch so we can all continue to connect and focus on the good in our lives. Participating in the Ten Things of Thankful hop has been life-changing for me so I’m glad to see it continue.

And now I see that I have about one minute to get this linked so I’m out. Time to get back to bed and kick this stupid flu.




Lisa A. Listwa is a self-employed writer with experience in education, publishing, and the martial arts. Believing there was more to life than punching someone else’s time clock and inspired by the words of Henry David Thoreau, she traded her life as a high school educator for a life as a writer and hasn’t looked back. She is mother to one glorious handful of a daughter, wife to the nicest guy on the planet, and reluctant but devoted owner of three Rotten Cats. You can find her adventures and thoughts on living life deliberately here on the blog.

6 thoughts on “A Brief Expression of Fluish Thankfulness

  1. Glad to read you are on the mend over there! Being sick is no fun but having the flu is definitely the worst. Hope your family is all 100% healthy soon.

  2. I was delighted to see your link pop in late last night, because I know how lousy you’ve been feeling, and writing sure wasn’t at the top of your to-do list! The flu has been haunting our house in recent days too, Papa Bear went to work too soon yesterday, and came back home at noon, but today he’s making it ok. I am still feeling lousy and feverish and hope to be rid of it soon. It is awesome that you all take such good care of each other and had a snuggle-in weekend to start recuperating. Wow, I am so very grateful baby Zilla survived that awful initial flu encounter too. I can’t imagine your lives without her! Since we’ve done colds in January and flu in February, I want to think we have used up our “annoying illness” quota, and are all going to remain more healthy in the months to come!

    I am also so very thankful to Lizzi for starting the TToT, it’s amazing how my attitude improves as I start to focus on things that I can share! I am also grateful that when she decided she was really ready for a break after doing it for so long, that she willingly took me up on my offer to step in and keep it going. I think having it’s own blog is going to simply things a bit. Thank you so much for scrambling to beat the deadline and join us for the first link-up. Feel better soon! <3

    1. I think I may be in the same camp as Papa Bear – I felt sort of better yesterday, but today I am not OK at all. Awful. Hub is really good – mostly just coughing, but that will last for weeks. Zilla is much better and plans to go to school. I’m not positive it’s the best choice, but she’s the only one who really knows how she feels and she wants to go. I have a morning doctor appointment on hold for her just in case.
      I am definitely hoping we’ve used our quota and things get better from here. Enough already! Hope you both feel better, too!

  3. I am a week behind here it seems. Glad you are all feeling better though. I have managed to avoid flu around here, so far, knock on wood. I am getting over a cold, the cold I prayed would be put off until after I got home from Mexico last month.
    I am thankful to Josie too. I am under a lot of stress right now, my heart wanting to escape my chest a lot of the time, with everything going on in the world. I honestly feel stuck and scared a lot and struggle with being always thankful, but I then take a moment to think about how blessed I am and I don’t know what I would do without things like the TToT and 1000Voices Speak For Compassion. They help me cope. I am back to this week now and off to read a few of your other posts.

    1. Well, it seems I spoke too soon as I’ve been down all week – guess this is what you call “flu complications.” I’m positively miserable. My mom’s about two days ahead of me in the recovery department, though, so I’m looking to her progress and trying to feel hopeful. In the meantime…not so much. Glad you escaped the flu. It’s been just awful.

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